“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Mike Tyson

The drop in the volume of employment in a given sector always has a ripple effect in the national economy. The loss of so many high-paying jobs in a short time will be a dent in the coffers of Los Angeles County and for New York state in the short term. Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst for the Washington, D.C.-based National Employment Law Project, says it hits at a time when other industries are undergoing similar sweeping realignments with huge human toll.

“Nobody’s got a plan for how to transition these massive sectors of the workforce into a different thing,” Evermore says.

Hollywood Grapples With Mass Layoffs as the Biz Redefines Itself for Streaming Future — https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/hollywood-layoffs-streaming-future-1234838650/

I sat for a few minutes thinking about what to write next when Charlie Hunter popped into my head. Hunter titled one of his albums with the Tyson quote.

Which was then followed by some great advice from Charlie on his strategy for success and survival in the years to come.

Don’t wait until you get punched in the mouth to make your Plan B. And while you’re at it you might want to come up with a Plan C as well.

The Economy In Pictures and Rock and Roll

Guest Post: The Economy In Pictures | Zero Hedge.

How Rock ‘N’ Roll Can Explain The U.S. Economy : It’s All Politics : NPR.

Saturday morning, a little exercise, a lot of coffee, time to catch up on the news.  Then it dawned on me: I haven’t posted any Scary Charts in a while.  Click the first link above and feast your eyes.  Then read the article on NPR to remind yourself…

It’s only rock and roll but I like it.


How to Be Happier at Work – Start Something!

Start something. More specifically, start something outside of work.

via How to Be Happier at Work – Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown – Harvard Business Review.

Before you get mad at me take note of where this article comes from.  Harvard Business Review Blog Network is the source of this article.  This article reminds me of what I did several years ago.  I started something.

When I started something I had no clue what it was I started.  What I thought I started was not what I am doing today.  In other words, my original plan failed but ultimately my little business succeeded.

Take a risk.  Start something!

  What are you avoiding doing that you know needs to be done?”  We seem to have a talent for burying the truth, covering it up, distracting ourselves from it… When was the last time you took a risk in the direction of your dance?

Laurie Beth Jones


Thought for Today – 3/28/10

People are often unreasonable and self centered

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind people may accuse you of ulterior motives

Be kind anyway.

If you are honest people may cheat you

Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness people may be jealous

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough

Do your best anyway.

For you see in the end it was between you and God

It was never between you and them anyway.

– Mother Theresa

A New Paradigm for Education

Reining in College Costs – BusinessWeek

In the “learning” paradigm, the teacher is not the expert provider of knowledge, but rather a guide who first specifies what students are expected to learn and then lays out pathways they can follow to meet the learning goals. The teacher becomes a supporter, a collaborator, and a coach for students as they learn to evaluate and gather information, test ideas, and explore their application to different issues and problems. Students begin to learn how to develop and pose their own questions and to explore alternative ways of finding and framing answers. So instead of working only to master the subject matter of a course, students are developing the skills to learn on their own. They no longer wait to be taught—they come to realize that, if they are to succeed, they must take a good deal of responsibility for their own learning.

Read this article written by Michael Bassis,  President of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We need to rethink corporate training methods if you agree with Mr. Bassis’ paradigm shift assessment.